Prosecutor, Police Union Still at Odds in Tamir Rice’s Death

In this Nov. 25, 2014, file photo, demonstrators block Public Square in Cleveland, during a protest over the police shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice three days before. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)
In this Nov. 25, 2014, file photo, demonstrators block Public Square in Cleveland, during a protest over the police shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice three days before. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)

The Cleveland police union and the local prosecutor remain at odds even after the prosecutor released expert reports calling the fatal shooting of a 12-year-old black boy by a white officer justified.

Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH’-guh) County Prosecutor Tim McGinty says the Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association isn’t cooperating with the investigation into the death of Tamir Rice.

Union president Steve Loomis on Sunday said McGinty was grandstanding and ignoring the rights police officers have to not give statements during such investigations.

The boy was holding a pellet gun when he was shot outside a recreation center last year. The expert reports McGinty’s office released Saturday came just a few months after a Cleveland officer was acquitted in another racially-charged case.

Source: The AP